Summer’s great isn’t it? That’s until it’s so darn hot that you’d happily smear ice cream all over your face if it meant that you got a decent night’s sleep. If you’re looking for some help in the tech department for coping with some of the more inconvenient aspects of our beloved summer then we’re here to help.
If you go on a lot of holidays in Europe and you want to hire a car, it is totally worth investing in a Sat Nav with European maps. Car rental firms can charge anything from €10 to €15 per day for Sat Nav hire which is another charge you don’t want on top of expensive car hire. Over a couple of holidays the Sat Nav would have paid for itself, not to mention the use you will get out of it in the UK. We recommend the Garmin Nuvi 2597LMT Europe 5 inch Satellite Navigation Unit with Lifetime Maps and Traffic.
Even if you’re in the ‘I like the feel of a real book in my hand’ camp of the eReader v hard copy book debate, you’ve got to admit that when it comes to travelling around – an eReader really does make more sense. For those who may not want to fully convert, a NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight 6 inch eReader – Black is perfect because it’s a decent price (£69), is lightweight, can be read in direct sunlight and when Wi-Fi is switched off the battery life runs for over a month.
British weather being what it is, our houses are geared up for keeping the heat in. That’s great for the colder months but incredibly uncomfortable during heatwaves. Without a real need for air con for most of the year, the next best thing is a fan. The Dyson AM05 Hot and Cool 2kW Fan / Heater – Blue is a double whammy as it heats and cools air depending on what you need. There’s a digital thermostat so you have more control over the temperature and you can tilt the device too.
If you can’t afford a fancy fan then a great and inexpensive tip for keeping your home cool is to fit blackout blinds in the bedrooms of your house. On particularly sunny days, leave the blinds down to keep the sun out and the room should stay a reasonable temperature for sleeping. We like the Lunar thermal Roman Blind – available in 10 colours.
A summer garden should be lush and green, not brown and dried out. Your poor plants and lawn are going to suffer most at the hottest part of the day which is when you are likely to be out. If your garden doesn’t warrant an expensive sprinkler system then perhaps this Hozelock Aqua Control Plus Water Timer will work just as well instead. The timer attaches to your outside tap and will turn on at the times you set, however frequently in the day or week you like. This efficient little gadget could save your garden this summer for under £40.
An ice cream maker (this one’s just for fun) is a win for families and summers forever after. Much more fun than buying the same Ben & Jerry’s every year, this Swan SF29010 Ice Cream Maker will help you experiment with making your own ice cream, sorbets and frozen yoghurts which can be ready in under half an hour.
We hope you stay cool this summer with these clever summer techie buys x